17 September 2020
System thinking as a key to the success of Brainport Eindhoven - the method is now captured in training and a book
- Systems engineering
With the world getting nearer to a huge food scarcity crisis, researchers and engineers from all over the globe gather knowledge and resources to develop means for water-saving and climate-independent farming practices. City farming might provide an important answer to this enormous challenge. World’s largest indoor farming facility for R&D purposes lies in Brainport Eindhoven. Our expertise in applying light for horticulture makes Brainport Eindhoven is a forerunner in this field.
On High Tech Campus Eindhoven you find world’s largest indoor R&D farming facility owned by Signify. It is solely dedicated to research and development of techniques for optimal indoor food production. A cultivation process that involves growing crops in small interior areas, using multiple layers to maximize production. Ground-breaking LEDs make this possible by providing the optimal light spectrum for indoor growth.
In a vertical farm, crops are grown in climate-controlled rooms under artificial light, giving ‘farmers’ a great deal of control over growing conditions. Crops use significantly less water and are not affected by unpredictable weather. Plants grow in a controlled environment: clean air, no pesticide, all year round. Moreover, city farms are located in densely populated areas which require fewer logistics.
The Netherlands is small in size but great in output when it comes to food. We are the world’s second AgriFood country when it comes to export -right after the US. Brainport Eindhoven has been a front-runner in lighting for horticulture for over 75 years. We work together with policy makers, scientists and high-tech farmers from around the globe to create the perfect blueprint for city farming facilities.